This week, college mask mandates, test-optional updates, Rutgers Business School under scrutiny, more Varsity Blues news, and a new roommate policy at UT Austin.
A few campuses, including Georgetown and Johns Hopkins, reinstated mask mandates this week. The city of Philadelphia also announced that masks would be mandatory indoors. The moves are an effort to curb rising Covid numbers.
The UNC System announced that they will be test-optional through Fall 2024. While there is no commitment to getting rid of tests for good, or remaining permanently test-optional, a University spokesperson said that it made sense to remain optional for the near future. Meanwhile, another North Carolina school, Davidson, announced that they would become permanently test-optional.
Rutgers University is in the news this week, but for the wrong reasons. The Business School is accused of working with a temp agency to create “fake jobs” for graduates to inflate its rank by showing extremely high rates of employment upon graduation.
The ongoing Varsity Blues saga continues. This week, a Florida school administrator who took standardized tests for students in exchange for payment and a coach at USC who faked athletic credentials for rich students were sentenced.
UT Austin announced a pilot program that would allow students of any gender or sexual identity to room with whomever they like in certain residence halls on campus. Students have been pushing for this change for years.